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Distinguish Your Characters With Dialect
Writing your first novel-Things you should know
Do your characters have their own voice or do they sound the same? I had a critique partner tell me that she couldn’t distinguish characters in my manuscript based on dialogue. They all sounded the same. If I hadn’t provided a dialogue tag, she would have had no idea which character was speaking. She was right.
This was something I definitely had to correct. So I did some research, watched a webinar, and took a class on dialogue. Distinguishing between characters is a lot easier than you would think.
One way to differentiate characters and determine who they are is through dialect. We can learn a lot about a person based on their accent, grammar, and choice of words.
You don’t have to ask a person if they are from the North or South-just listen to how they speak and note their word choices. While this is one of the most obvious examples for me, you…
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